Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 117 Pages
Category: Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal, Shifters
At a Glance: An interesting beginning to a new shifter mystery series.
Reviewed By: Angel
Blurb: Chief of Police John Dakota is in a world of trouble. His peaceful town of Seaside, Oregon, has been rocked by a wave of unsolved murders. The bloody deaths are eerily reminiscent of ones that occurred in Seaside years ago. Back then John worked hard to make sure the truth about the killer was never revealed. Now he’s afraid the past is coming back to haunt him.
Trevor English, the nosy reporter who occasionally shares John’s bed, is demanding information about the crimes. He also wants more of John’s affections. But John can’t afford to give in to either demand without risking the revelation of Seaside’s biggest secret: the town is a haven for shifters, and John is one of them.
To solve the crime—and prevent more victims—John must delve into the past. Many members of Seaside’s shifter community are involved, but it’s becoming harder and harder to tell which residents can be trusted. Even John’s family isn’t above suspicion. The body count is rising, and it looks like John is the killer’s next target.
Review: Ethan Stone is a new-to-me author, and I enjoyed this introduction and his take on the shifter genre. I really liked the world building in the town of Seaside, and would love to read more about it. Wild Retaliation isn’t a typical shifter story, but it wasn’t too off the wall either. It’s a fast paced murder mystery/thriller/shifter romance that drew me in from the first pages. The reader is thrown into the middle of a case that has ties to John Dakota, the MC’s, past.
The description of the murder was quite graphic but not overly so. The beginning caught me, but I did feel a bit off balance at how abrupt the introduction was. The story begins to smooth out quickly, though, and it moves along at a fair clip. I was easily able to figure out the culprit of both the past and the present mystery with the clues the author presented.
I was a bit disappointed in the romance between John and Trevor because I kinda disliked John. I don’t know why, but his personality seemed off to me somehow; however, I enjoyed the story nonetheless. There was a surprise bit of Mpreg mentioned at the end of the book, which, in one way, I hope doesn’t actually happen. I enjoyed my time with Mr. Stone and his lovely shifter town of Seaside, and hope to return to it once more.
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